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Youth Portal

Welcome to the CC:iNet Youth Portal! The Portal offers a broad range of information on climate change initiatives, projects, campaigns, educational tools, websites and publications, produced by and for young people. Furthermore it highlights activities undertaken by members of the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change and provides space for the UNFCCC observer constituency of youth organizations (YOUNGO) to showcase their work. Please share information on your activities by uploading it directly to the CC:iNet database.


Youth @ COP 20/CMP 10

At COP 20/CMP 10 youth delegates continue to engage in the intergovernmental negotiation progress through various activities. This page provides a central hub for information on activities for youth, with youth and by youth during COP 20/CMP 10 happening both inside and outside the conference venue.

If you want to include an event or activity on this page, please contact us at youth@unfccc.int.

Young and Future Generations Day

Image “Youth as Agents of Change” is the motto of this year’s Young and Future Generations Day on 4 December, which will feature a series of youth-led events, interviews and various activities throughout the day with a continuous stream of creative actions that prove that young people are key players in reaching innovative, inspiring and ambitious climate change solutions. The day is organized jointly by the UNFCCC observer constituency of youth NGOs (YOUNGO), the UNFCCC secretariat and the COP 20/CMP 10 Presidency’s Stakeholder Engagement Team.

See the full programme pdf-icon here (159 kB)

Intergenerational Inquiry

Intergenerational Inquiry 2014For the seventh year running, the 'Intergenerational Inquiry' will be the highlight of COP 20/CMP 20’s Young and Future Generations Day on 4 December 2014, giving youth delegates from around the world the opportunity to engage with key figures in the UNFCCC process. This year’s edition will focus on “Youth as agents of change”. The event will showcase the work undertaken with and by youth at the local, national and international levels and highlight the role they play in pursuit of an ambitious climate agreement in 2015.

See the agenda pdf-icon here (460 kB)

High-level youth briefings

High Level Youth Briefings A series of intimate and interactive briefings geared specifically towards youth will take place throughout COP 20/CMP 10. Each briefing lasts 30 minutes with most of the time devoted to candid questions from young people.

  • 4 December, 15:30–16:00 Youth briefing with Ms. Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Room Abancay
  • 4 December, 16:00–16:30 Youth briefing with H.E. Minister Pulgar-Vidal, COP 20/CMP 10 President, Room Abancay

    Watch this space for more briefings to be confirmed.

UN Youth Booth

UN Youth booth This exhibition booth is hosted by the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change and showcases the work of United Nations and youth organizations. YOUNGO volunteers are invited to help staff the booth and answer questions from conference participants. The booth is also a hub for young people to meet and post information on YOUNGO’s daily activities. Come visit us in the exhibition area.

Youth Side Events

Youth Side EventsYouth-led and youth focused organizations are hosting a number of side events throughout the conference. View the official UNFCCC side event schedule and filter by ‘youth’ to see all related events.

Mini-Side Events at the Climate Change Studio

Youth Mini Side Events During Young and Future Generations Day on 4 December a series of Mini-Side Events will take place at the Climate Change Studio. These events give young people access to a stage, a microphone and a captive audience. Young people can use the Mini-Side Events to showcase a project they have implemented, present a report they have written, sing a song or tell the world about an issue close to their hearts.

If you would like to organize a Mini-Side Event, please contact us at youth@unfccc.int

Watch this space for the list of events.

Tenth Conference of Youth

COY 10 LimaEvery year YOUNGO with local partners organizes the Conference of Youth (COY) on the weekend prior to the sessions of the UNFCCC COP/CMP. The COY brings together young people from around the world who are passionate about addressing climate change and promoting sustainable lifestyles. It aims to enhance the exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices to strengthen the international youth climate movement and involve next generations in developing climate solutions and actions. The main objective of this year's COY is to establish a space of coordination and organization for the world’s youth in order to develop the youth climate agenda towards COP 20/CMP 10 and COP 21/CMP 11.

Date: 28 - 30 November 2014

YOUNGO Daily Meeting

Youth ClimateYOUNGO meets daily from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in room Machu Picchu for its Spokescouncil during which all constituents, organizations and working groups get together to plan their schedule for the day and week and organize actions and policy areas to work on.

Youth @ SB40
Youth @ COP 19/CMP 9
Youth @ COP 18/CMP 8

YOUNGO: UNFCCC constituency of youth non-governmental organizations

ImageChildren and young people have been participating in the UNFCCC intergovernmental process since COP 5 in Bonn. Starting in COP 11/CMP 1, youth have also organized preparatory meetings called "Conferences of Youth," which help build their capacity to participate in the UNFCCC negotiation process.

Since 2009 youth non-governmental organizations have been enjoying constituency status. This provides YOUNGO with the opportunity to address the plenary, High Level Segment of a COP/CMP, make submissions (individual youth organizations also), attend workshops, meet with officials of the Convention such as SB/AWG Chairs and COP President. They also organize Young and Future Generation's Day during the COP/CMP featuring a series of side events, exhibits, interviews, media stunts and other activities.

For more information about YOUNGO and its current activities, please visit http://www.youthclimate.org or e-mail the YOUNGO focal points at: 

Ms. Ruth Nyambura
E-mail: nyamburah89@gmail.com

Mr. Nathan Thanki
E-mail: nthanki@coa.edu

United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change

Youth LogoSince September 2008, the UNFCCC secretariat has been working together with United Nations agencies and youth non-governmental organizations to empower children and young people to take action on climate change through the United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change.

The work of the Initiative is closely linked to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC and in particular the implementation of amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6. It also draws guidance from the following policy instruments:

Its main areas of work are:

  • Coordination of activities and sharing of information among participating entities
  • Empowering children and young people to take action on climate change

For more information please e-mail us at youth@unfccc.int

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Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from around the World

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